In a bid to end the controversy surrounding screening of Marathi films in Maharashtra, the Devendra Fadnavis government has relaxed the norms further and changed the prime time slot to 12 PM – 9 PM from 6 PM – 9 PM. That came as a big relief for the multiplex owners.
As per the new norm, Marathi films can be shown from 12 noon to 9 pm in multiplexes but 124 shows will be compulsory in a year. The decision came after Marathi Film Producers met Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde and conveyed their willingness for a time band of 12 noon to 9 pm for screening the movies.
A four-member committee will be formed with two Producers and two Distributors. They will decide the time slots and dates when the Marathi films will be screened at the multiplexes.
Earlier, Maharashra Government had ordered the multiplexes to screen Marathi films from 6 PM to 9 PM, which triggered a massive outrage. As leading columnist Shobhaa De criticised the move and called the Chief Minister ‘Diktatwala’, the Shiv Sena moved a privilege motion against her in the Assembly and also held massive protests, seeking an apology from De.
The government’s move had divided the Bollywood and film fraternities. However, everyone has welcomed the new norms, which could be a win-win situation for all. Shobhaa De, whose tweet triggered the controversy, has welcomed the new norms set by Maharashtra Government.